Fire Safety Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet

Fire Safety Merit Badge

Fire Safety Merit Badge

January, 2013

Requirements for the Fire Safety merit badge:

  1. Do the following:
    1. Demonstrate the technique of stop, drop, roll, and cool. Explain how burn injuries can be prevented.
    2. List the most frequent causes of burn injuries.
  2. Explain the chemistry and physics of fire. Name the parts of the fire tetrahedron. Explain why vapors are important to the burning process. Name the products of combustion. Give an example of how fire grows and what happens.
  3. Name the most frequent causes of fire in the home and give examples of ways they can be prevented. Include a discussion about fires caused by smoking in the home, cooking, candles, fireplaces, and electrical appliances.
  4. Do the following:
    1. Explain the role of human behavior in the arson problem in this country
    2. List the actions that cause seasonal fires and explain how these fires can be prevented.
  5. List common circumstances that cause holiday-related fires and explain how these fires can be prevented.
  6. Conduct a home safety survey with the help of an adult. Then do the following:
    1. Draw a home fire-escape plan, create a home fire-drill schedule, and conduct a home fire drill.
    2. Test a smoke alarm and demonstrate regular maintenance of a smoke alarm.
    3. Explain what to do when you smell gas and when you smell smoke.
    4. Explain how you would report a fire alarm.
    5. Explain what fire safety equipment can be found in public buildings.
    6. Explain who should use fire extinguishers and when these devices can be used.
    7. Explain how to extinguish a grease pan fire.
    8. Explain what fire safety precautions you should take when you are in a public building.
  7. Do the following:
    1. Demonstrate lighting a match safely.
    2. Demonstrate the safe way to start a charcoal fire.
    3. Demonstrate how to safely light a candle. Discuss with your counselor how to safely use candles.
  8. Explain the difference between combustible and noncombustible liquids and between combustible and noncombustible fabrics.
  9. Do the following:
    1. Demonstrate the safe way to fuel a lawnmower.
    2. Demonstrate the safety factors, such as proper ventilation, for auxiliary heating devices and the proper way to fuel those devices.
  10. Do the following:
    1. Explain the cost of outdoor and wildland fires and how to prevent them.
    2. Demonstrate setting up and putting out a cooking fire.
    3. Demonstrate using a camp stove and lantern.
    4. Explain how to set up a campsite safe from fire.
  11. Visit a fire station. Identify the types of fire trucks. Find out about the fire prevention activities in your community.
  12. Choose a fire safety-related career that interests you and describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Tell why this position interests you.

Fire Safety Worksheet

 Jul 01, 2014 - Karl Ehm
As a Scoutmaster in the southwest region, I affirm that fire safety is one of the most important of all the merit badges to earn - and earn well. I've trained scouts in fire safety for almost 10 years now, and I require my trainees to complete at least one training manual to drill these skills in deeper. They're allowed to choose their own resources, but I routinely direct them to since it has the largest selection of valid manuals and workbooks. Plus, if for some reason they cannot make a trip to a firestation, there are DVDs on that website that they can purchase to witness real-life scenarios in-action. Don't sell this merit badge short, go the extra mile and invest in some extra books/resources to ensure they learn all the fundamentals of this important subject.
Nov 17, 2014 - Jim Pappas
How do you deal with the families that do not own or have access to a Lawnmower?
Nov 17, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Jim - Borrow one.  Talk to someone at Home Depot, Lowe's, a local mechanic, or repair shop and see if they'll help by letting a scout fuel one of theirs.  
Jan 29, 2015 - Merit Badge Counselor Dan
I use requirement 12 as an opportunity for the fire
service to promote their career of service to the community.

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